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Living in San Jose Team

Hi, We're Ivonne Valdes and Octavio Garduno and we'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having real estate professionals by your side. We'd be honored to put our real estate experience to work for you. 

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DIY: Rolling Plant Caddy
Posted on 01/19/2020
DIY: Rolling Plant Caddy
Photo by Huy Phan from Pexels Plants and flower pots can be heavy items to move around. The good news is you can eliminate the trouble with a rolling plant caddy. You can build one yourself using rustic wood or precut pieces from your local home store. Stability is the key here. Plan to build the caddy large...
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What Defines a Successful Property Search?
Posted on 01/12/2020
What Defines a Successful Property Search?
A successful home search enables you to discover your dream residence at a budget-friendly price. However, conducting a successful house search may be difficult, particularly for individuals who fail to prepare for the homebuying journey. Lucky for you, there are many things you can do to prevent problems as you search for your ideal home. Now, let's take a...
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R & R: Places to Visit Just Outside San Francisco
Posted on 01/05/2020
R & R: Places to Visit Just Outside San Francisco
Photo by Karen Arnold via PixabayLiving in San Francisco is already a delight to the senses. From the fog to the bay to the heart of the city, you'll find it all. But if you do find yourself looking for a little change of pace, you don't actually have to look very far. The popularity of the Bay...
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4 Shocking Ways to Reduce Electricity Use
Posted on 12/29/2019
4 Shocking Ways to Reduce Electricity Use
Image by Marie-Flore Pirmez from Unsplash Going green sounds like a big, lofty goal. For many, it brings thoughts of installing solar panels or upgrading entire HVAC systems to be more eco-friendly. While these are helpful tasks, there are many little things you can do right now to “go green” at home. If you want to make a...
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What Clients Are Saying

In a word, Ivonne is the best. We chanced upon her at an open house about 10 years ago, and she has been helping us with all our real estate needs since then. My husband and I both highly highly recommend her - our recommendation comes based on not just one transaction but after working with her for over a decade. We were first time buyers back in 2008. Our wish list was really tall, and the budget was really small. Ivonne spent over 2 years going to umpteen number of open houses, and touring so many properties with us without losing patience even once. She was always on time and always with a smile on her face. Finally when we found the "one", it was the most difficult transaction to close, being a short sale with multiple liens. It took 9 months of negotiations, maneuvering, dealing with a difficult seller, etc to finally close, and throughout it all it was Ivonne's knowledge of the process, experience, and positive attitude that proved successful. Five years later when we were ready to sell that house, we just went to Ivonne and Octavio (her husband - they work as a team), and in less than 2 weeks we had multiple offers, and were in contract at over 100k asking price. You would think, she couldn't top what she'd already done for us - but you would be wrong! The coup de resistance truly was the purchase of our current home - as before we wanted to purchase in one of the choicest zip codes in the Bay Area with a (relatively) modest budget. It was to be our "forever" home where we raised our family. Ivonne was attentive to our needs and on the lookout for the perfect match. Soon she was able to find an "Off-MLS" property that was listed well below the market price. We were amazed to have found such an opportunity, and jumped on it immediately. There were a couple of hurdles to closing but she guided us throughout, and I'm so so thankful for her as I write this sitting on my balcony off the master bedroom overlooking a sparkling pool! She is exceptionally knowledgeable about the business and market conditions, very prompt with communication, and has contacts in all fields related to real estate like contractors, painters, handy men, garden, etc. She is absolutely the best, so please do yourself a favor and call her! You will not regret it.

Rai Family, Los Gatos CA
I have known Yvonne professionally and personally since 2009 and in this time I have experienced firsthand her exceptional skills and expertise in the real estate business. Yvonne has helped me to purchase and sell multiple properties and has repeatedly given me advice that has helped me to make strong business decisions. She is professional, easy to work with, puts her clients' needs first, and has great insight into the industry. I highly recommend her as an agent to help you sell your properties and can testify that she will do a great job. Please email me if you would like to speak more directly about my experience working with Yvonne.

 

Ye Family, Selling multiple properties with Ivonne & Octavio